FINAL PRODUCTION STAGES OF THE SEAHORSE
FIRST STAGE IN MANUFACTURE OF SEAHORSE
The integral chassis has been specifically designed for the SeaHorse with a detailed structural finite element analysis which, with fundamental GRP strength, provides a safe stable platform for carrying passengers safely with due regard to all UK and European regulations.
SEAHORSES AT EVERLAND PASS MILLIONTH PASSENGER AFTER ONLY 5 MONTHS
Each amphibious machine carries 40 visitors at a time giving everyone superb, close-up views of over 150 different animals. Within 5 months of the opening of the attraction, the One Millionth Visitor was taken on board for their trip of the day, if not a lifetime!
The Lost Valley hosts over 10,000 patrons a day, giving an annual number of over 3.5 million.
Unless you see a frog or toad hopping out of the Lost Valley’s river, the only amphibian you’ll get to see, you get to ride on as well!
WINDSOR DUCK TOURS AMPHIBIOUS MACHINE TO THE RESCUE
The SeaHorse amphibious machine operated by Windsor Duck Tours has been engaged in urgent rescue work in and around Windsor helping the effort to rescue trapped people.
You can follow some of the action through the link to Windsor Duck Tours and their Twitter feed. You can see there, for example, a picture of a relieved 88-year-old lady being transported away from the floods.
SAMSUNG EVERLAND’S SEAHORSE K SERIES
The K series has been manufactured for one of the biggest corporations in the world and is the fruit of substantial capital investment and confidence in Porcellio Manufacturing’s innovative design and technical expertise. At the cutting edge of amphibious technology, the K series SeaHorse was developed specifically for work in the Asian theatre.
The machines have undergone the most rigorous testing to work to the exacting standards required in extremes of both heat and cold, applying the same standards as applied in Europe, especially with respect to emissions. More images of the machines in their working environment are displayed in the Gallery. Or by following this link to the “Lost Valley” you can see a video of the machines in their natural habitat, along with all the animals
The SeaHorse K series will be able to work in nearly all climates around the world. And as you would expect from Porcellio, this bold, innovative project sets new safety standards in conjunction with UK and European regulators. K series is built to United Nations Economic Community for Europe (ECE) Regulations, and supplied with a Certificate of Conformity granting use in most countries in the world.
URGENT ACTION NEEDED TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC FROM FURTHER DUCK BOAT ACCIDENTS
The Text of the Press release is as follows:
A manufacturer of modern amphibious vehicles has warned that a blaze, which saw 30 passengers evacuated from a craft on The Thames yesterday (29 September), was “an accident waiting to happen.”
The company, Porcellio Manufacturing Ltd, believes many amphibious vehicles currently in use risk staff and passengers’ lives, as they are more than 70 years old and don’t meet new and current stringent safety standards.
This is the third accident in 2013 so far and follows two in Liverpool, in which two similar machines sank. In the wake of the news, the manufacturer is now urging authorities to withdraw the current certificates for all old crafts currently running tours in the UK, until they can be checked for compliance against the latest regulations.
Porcellio Manufacturing Ltd managing director Howard Slater said: “This was an accident waiting to happen and in fact, based on the safety record of these vehicles, we are lucky we have not yet seen a much higher injury toll, even deaths.”
Calling upon the Port of London Authority (PLA) and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to take decisive action, Mr Slater added that many older vessels don’t meet new and stringent safety regulations. In order to make them more water-worthy, he also said it was imperative their standards were reviewed respecting those applied to new machines.
He added: “These machines are around 70 years old and aren’t built to the same quality standards as modern-day versions. They don’t have enough internal buoyancy and are made with unsafe metal, which can easily spring a leak. As a result, some owners fill them with foam to aid floatation, which can mean the crafts get too hot and run the risk of catching fire.
“If built new, the boats simply would not be given the seal of approval for use in the tourism industry today.”
The company manufactures the new SeaHorse machine, which was designed and built to comply with current requirements of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and Vehicle Operators Services Agency (VOSA). It is a new and more technologically advanced version of the older DUKW model.
“We’ve seen too many close calls with older amphibious vehicles, so it’s time they were taken off the river for good, making way for a safe and more modern design that doesn’t pose a risk to staff and passengers,” Mr Slater said.
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